This piece is the second in Hogarth’s Marriage A-la-Mode
series, showing that a fascination for people with more money than sense is not a modern phenomenon for the British public. Satirising the exploits of the rich and titled, it warns against marrying for money over love. In this scene, the young husband and wife are shown in their home, which is in as much disarray as their marriage. Both husband and wife are tired after a night of excess; a dog sniffs at a lady’s cap concealed in the young man’s pocket, indicating he has spent the night with a mistress.
The largest print size we are able to offer for this artwork is 60 x 80 cm.
Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête
Hogarth and Europe
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 699 x 908 mm The National Gallery, London
William Hogarth (1697 -1764) was an English painter and engraver, renowned for his satirical engravings. Contemporary drama and novels provided Hogarth with inspiration and often explored themes of vanity, corruption, betrayal and death. His engravings and prints were hugely popular and mass-produced in his lifetime, making him one of the most significant English artists of his generation.